Legislation to legalize medical cannabis was signed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf last month, and tomorrow (May 17th) it becomes law. Senate Bill 3 makes Pennsylvania the 24th state in the U.S. to allow the medical use of cannabis, when not counting laws that only allow for the use of cannabis oil. The law was passed by the state’s legislature with a combined 191 to 53 vote.
Senate Bill 3 legalizes the use of cannabis and cannabis products for those who have a qualifying condition and receive a recommendation from a physician; qualifying conditions include cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, seizures, autism, sickle cell anemia, and intractable pain.
The new law also allows for licensed cannabis retail outlets, which will be supplied by licensed cultivation centers; the law will allow 25 cultivation centers and 50 dispensaries to operate in the state, with each allowed to have up to three separate locations (making for a total allowed dispensary count of 150).
Although the new law has taken effect, it won’t be until sometime next year that dispensaries will be open throughout the state.